Developing a sedentary behavior session in cardiac rehabilitation

Sedentary behaviour is a major public health concern, with research in the general population showing negative effects on mortality, morbidity and mental health, independent of physical activity. The physiological and psychological benefits of physical activity have been well documented. However, many people find it difficult to maintain sufficient levels of physical activity to reap its positive effects. A novel alternative that may be more feasible and sustainable is to develop innovative approaches to reduce sedentary behaviour. Sedentary behaviour is particularly relevant in clinical populations, such as coronary heart disease patients, where barriers to PA are exacerbated by physical and mental health problems.

Cardiac rehabilitation is the major program available for patients after an acute cardiac event, and has been shown to enhance quality of life and prevent re-events. However most cardiac rehabilitation programs do not incorporate sessions on sedentary behavior. This project involves the development and piloting of an informative and practical sedentary behavior session to be incorporated into cardiac rehabilitation. Our project partners at Caulfield Hospital are amongst the leading cardiac rehabilitation practitioners in Australia.

Funding: Australian Centre for Heart Health